Pati sings in a gleaming, sensuous stream of sound, with heroic accents in more athletic passages

and a warm, tenderly inviting depth for moments of romantic intimacy.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“… the Samoan tenor proved a revelation … stunning for his generosity of voice,

top notes of apparently invincible power, and his alluring timbre.

Above all, there was such subtlety in his singing, such poetry in his characterisation

and his French diction was of such quality.”

Forum Opéra

Warner Classics has signed an exclusive contract with the tenor Pene Pati, a singer whose glowing lyricism is matched with a gift for establishing an immediate rapport with his audience. His first release on the label is scheduled for Spring 2022: a recital of arias from Romantic operas by Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Massenet and Benjamin Godard, recorded with the Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine and conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

Pati has risen swiftly up the world’s tenor ranks since his 2017 debut, singing the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, at the San Francisco Opera. A Samoan who grew up in New Zealand, he is a graduate of the Californian company’s Adler Program, one of the world’s most prestigious operatic training schemes. His first European appearance came in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Opéra national de Bordeaux in 2019. He has performed in La traviata at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the 2021/22 season brings his debuts, singing roles in both Italian and French, at the Paris Opéra, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Staatsoper Berlin, Aix-en-Provence Festival and San Diego Opera.

In the formative period of his career, Pati won prizes in a series of major singing competitions, including Operalia, Neue Stimmen, the Montserrat Caballé International Aria Competition and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award. In 2017 he performed in the Richard Tucker Gala at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

“Pene Pati is in the great tradition of lyric tenors,” says Alain Lanceron, President Warner Classics and Erato. “First and foremost, there is the beauty and warmth of his voice, which ascends with apparent ease to the proverbial top C, but there is also his elegance and style in both Italian and French opera – and his sunny, expansive personality, which wins the public’s heart as soon as he walks on stage. Pene has embarked on a tremendous career, and all of us at Warner Classics are looking forward to working with him for many years.”

Commenting on the new relationship with Warner Classics, Pene Pati says: It gives me great pleasure and excitement to be signed to one of the most prestigious recording labels in the world. I have dreamed about this for a long time, and I knew that if the opportunity ever presented itself, I would be very choosy and precise about what I want – and about what I believe the label should get from me. It is for this exact reason I have chosen to go with the team at Warner, who not only share these values, but are also synonymous with classical excellence. I am very proud and very honoured to be involved in this partnership, and I look forward with great anticipation to what the future holds.“